I have a confession - I hate Halloween. I don't like the costumes. I don't like having to buy the costumes. I hate all the candy. I hate the decorations. I hate the pressure of having to buy pumpkins only to discard them by carving them up and watching them rot. I hate wasting food. I hate gearing up for what is not officially a holiday and then having to get up the next day and try to scrape the kids out of bed for school. I hate the candy hangover.
I wonder sometimes if part of the reason I hate it is that we weren't allowed to "celebrate" Halloween as a kid. It wasn't on the top of the list of Christian holidays and activities you should let your children participate in to glorify God. I remember trick or treating maybe once as a child although that probably means we did it two or three times. But as we got older my parents (the same sex partnership I spoke of in my last blog post) got more conservative and so that activity was pulled off the table.
I know it is fairly Scrooge-ish of me to dislike and disregard Halloween and it is very frustrating for my kids. But I love Christmas! And I love Thanksgiving! But those holidays do not require the wasting of perfectly good pumpkins or scaring the crap out of small kids and do not require multiple trips to the dentist to right what bags and bags of sugar have done to perfectly healthy teeth.
Any other haters out there? Just for the record I also hate St. Paddy's day, Valentines Day and the 4th of July.